Qualcomm Stadium, the current home of the San Diego Chargers, has been in need of upgrades for sometime. In fact, there has been talk about building a brand-spanking new football only stadium for nearly a decade.
There has been just one problem--money. Stadiums don't come cheap and no one wants to pay for them; not the millionaire/billionaire owner or the city that calls the team its own. Many teams and cities have struggled with this and San Diego is no different.
To compound the problem for San Diego the NFL has said that it will not award a Super Bowl to the city until it gets a new stadium.
With the right stadium there is a bundle of money to be made. Fans can even forgive an under-performing team like the Chargers if the experience of going to the game is good enough, but it is not looking good for the Chargers when it comes to getting it paid for.
So far owner Dean Spanos has talked about kicking in $100 million. The NFL has resurrected its stadium fund and would likely be chipping in $200 million. That leaves just $700 million and the city does not appear to be in any rush to raise it.
As long as talks have been going on you have to wonder what the Chargers are waiting for. Should the team be open about a desire to move that would probably be enough to prompt a city like Los Angeles to get its act together.
Maybe if that happened than San Diego might finally get its together.